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Names of plant and animal species/genera - with or without italics?
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literary
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Oct 11, 2011

Wikipedia says that with animals the italics are not necessary above species.
I mean in English, in scientific articles.


 

M.A.B.
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Where exactly? Oct 11, 2011

Could you please give a reference where the Wikipedia says so, and what do you mean by "above species"?
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Evonymus (Ewa Kazmierczak)  Identity Verified
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? Oct 11, 2011

I don't understand, what do you mean?
Ewa


 

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To be precise Oct 11, 2011

I mean for "groups higher than species"

 

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It depends of the rules of your language Oct 11, 2011

In French for exemple, we use to put in italics every word that is not in French, and since scientific names are in Latin, then they should be in italics...
Hope this help !

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M.A.B.
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On the other hand, Oct 11, 2011

I have heard that only the names of intelligent species could be put in italics.
Good luck,
M.A.B.


 

Evonymus (Ewa Kazmierczak)  Identity Verified
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??? Oct 11, 2011

literary wrote:
I mean in English, in scientific articles.


so you mean Latin names or English names? Sorry, but your post is rather confusing.


 

M.A.B.
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English Oct 11, 2011

Evonymus (Ewa Kazmierczak) wrote:

literary wrote:
I mean in English, in scientific articles.


so you mean Latin names or English names? Sorry, but your post is rather confusing.


I guess literary meant English, but Ewa and Pierre have switched to Latin. Maybe I should too.
Nulli sapere casu obtigit.

Greetings,
M.A.B.


 

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Binomial nomenclature Oct 11, 2011

Genera and species are italicized. Higher groups (phyla, classes, orders, families) are not italicized.

 

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Latin inserted into English Oct 12, 2011

I mean the Latin names, of course. In texts which are generally written in English.

[Edited at 2011-10-12 11:37 GMT]


 

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The sp. and spp. additions are written without italics Oct 12, 2011

In this article:

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/coastalbays/living_resources/macro_more.html


The section "Writing binomial names" in this Wikipedia article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binomial_nomenclature

contains some useful information, but it was somewhere else that I saw the rules mentioned at the beginning. Another Wikipedia article I can't find now.

[Edited at 2011-10-12 09:19 GMT]


 

M.A.B.
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What is the matter then? Oct 12, 2011

Does your question concern certain names, additions or binomial nomenclature?
M.


 

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Italics Oct 12, 2011

When should italics be used, and when is it not the rule? For animals, plants.

 

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Species names, genera, sp, spp Oct 12, 2011

Species names and genera are ALWAYS italicized (see my answer above). sp. and spp. are not italicized.

courses.washington.edu/ehuf462/462.../binomial_nomenclature.pdf

simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binomial_nomenclature





[Edited at 2011-10-12 20:22 GMT]


 

M.A.B.
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In which language? Oct 12, 2011

Michele Fauble wrote:

Species names and genera are ALWAYS italicized (see my answer above). sp. and spp. are not italicized.

courses.washington.edu/ehuf462/462.../binomial_nomenclature.pdf

simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binomial_nomenclature



I'm lost a bit already. Literary seems to be asking about English names, do you mean just those?
And you're probably right quoting "simple wikipedia"icon_wink.gif
M


 
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